After the Leafs’ Game 2 victory over the Boston Bruins, a video began to make the rounds of a Leafs fan lying unconscious in the TD Garden. Witnesses said he had been assaulted by an angry Bruins fan (who ran off and has not been found), and taken to hospital. The video now has well over 45,000 views.
As more information came out, the victim’s identity became public. His name is Kyle Hay, and it turns out that he is a friend of a friend of mine, Bryan Barton. Byran happened to be there with him, as well. I got in contact with both of them late Sunday night. Many people have been asking about the exact details of the incident, so here’s what they had to say.
“The game was amazing,” said Bryan, friend of the victim. “The people in the row behind us were really cool. They chatted with us the whole time and didn’t give us any trouble, however several people were thrown out in rows further above us for throwing things at us and heckling non-stop. Also, washrooms were tough to visit at Intermission as well, but nothing that you wouldn’t expect, I’d say.”
It was after the game however where taunting turned into assault.
“After the game I was blind-sided with a sucker punch while I had my mask on,” Kyle, who was also celebrating his birthday, explained. “Honestly, I do not remember what happened.”
Obviously Kyle does not remember being knocked out, so he needed his friends to fill him in. Bryan helps there.
“Our buddy Patrick was the only one to see what actually happened and was with him the entire time afterwards. You can see him in the video. We came down the same stairs about two minutes later and that’s when we realized what had happened. “
Comments on the YouTube video and on other forums suggest that maybe Kyle and his friends were antagonizing Bruins fans after the game, and perhaps “had it coming.” Kyle says that’s not true.
“There was no chirping going on when it happened. Just a pissed off fan, I guess.”
A scrap at a sporting event, especially a hockey game, probably doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary. Kyle’s injuries were fairly severe however, as he explains.
“I had a cat scan done, I got three staples in the back of my head, swollen cheek, cut the inside my mouth, and concussed. I don’t remember the end of the game because of it.”
Bryan and company had to get Kyle medical attention, so they waited for an ambulance.
“There were all the boys (6 of us) with him, as well as the paramedics and a few members of security from the arena, who were not very helpful at all," Bryan recalled. "One of the boys went to the hospital with him in the ambulance, and the rest of us walked there. It was only about a mile away. We waited in the waiting room until about 2am when they released him. To be honest, we have no idea what he’s going to be looking at in terms of the hospital bill. One could only assume it will be expensive though because he had to take an ambulance, have a cat scan done, as well as have the staples put into his head.”
“We are really trying to get him tickets for Game 3 or 4 at the very least. It would be unreal because his birthday was ruined.”
Kyle is awaiting his medical bill from the ordeal and says he does not know how much it will be. Now back home in Ontario, he went to Oshawa General Hospital on Sunday for a checkup.
Based on his tweet after realizing many fans were talking about his story, it appears Kyle’s sense of humor is intact.
Thanks to everyone for the b day love and asking if I’m ok just want to apologize to leafs nation for wearing a leaf jersey while getting ko
— kyle hay (@kylehay21) May 5, 2013
Some might still be suspicious that Kyle or his friends instigated their own attack. One user on Reddit however, claims to have sat near Kyle and his group, and that they did no such thing.
TICKETS FOR KYLE
Kyle doesn’t know what his medical bill will be, but I would really like to find a way to get it paid for. Having to pay for being the victim of an unprovoked attack doesn’t sit right.
Many are pushing for Kyle to get tickets to a Leafs home playoff game, including our buddies over at pensionplanpuppets.com.
— Chemmy (@felixpotvin) May 5, 2013
— Pension Plan Puppets (@mlse) May 5, 2013
— Kristen Hannah (@Kristen_Hannah) May 5, 2013